Key Agenda Items:
- (D.1) Interlocal Agreement with Harris County Department of Education for Fortis Academy
- (G.1) Teach Forward Houston Initiative Program for Their Fourth Cohort
- (G.2) Teach For America Contract for 2019-2020 School Year
- (I.1) Vendor Awards for Purchases over $100,000
- (I.2) Donations for Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
- (I.3) Grant Funds in Support of Districtwide and School-Specific Programs
- (K.3) Improve Alignment Between the Board Goals and Constraints and Established Board and District Priorities
The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) operates Fortis Academy, which is a public recovery high school focused on helping students who have finished a substance abuse or dependency rehabilitation program continue their high school education. The Board must authorize the superintendent to negotiate and execute an interlocal agreement with HCDE.
The Teach Forward Houston Initiative (TFH), in partnership with the University of Houston and its College of Education, provides a bachelor’s degree for up to 100 HISD students upon college graduation. After graduation, these students will return to HISD and teach in high need schools for four years. The Teacher and School Leader Grant that HISD received in 2017 will fund the fourth TFH cohort.
The mission of Teach For America (TFA) is to enlist promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequity. HISD seeks to renew the partnership with TFA for the 2019-2020 school year. The annual premium rate for critical-shortage teachers is $5,000 and for all other content teachers is $3,000.
The Board needs to approve vendor awards greater than $100,000 and ratify vendor awards under $100,000.
List of Vendors: 4.0 GPA LLC; Accelerate Teaching Solutions, LLC; Alley Theater; Children’s Literacy Initiative; Cosenza & Associates, LLC; Dr. Hope Consulting, Training, & Education Services; Empowering Writers, LLC; Footsteps2Brilliance, Inc; Foundation for the Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology (First in Texas); GENaustin dba Girls Empowerment Network; Harris County Department of Education (HCDE); iSchool Campus DBA Kyte Learning; Jacquelyn Anita Clark; Kagan Professional Development; Lab Resources Inc.; Loving Guidance Inc. DBA Conscious Discipline; Millennium Learning Concepts; National Literacy Professional Development Consortium DBA NLPDC; Robert Jackson Consulting; Sandra Mercuiri; Sharon Wells Mathematics Curriculum Inc.; Southern Methodist University; Teaching Strategies, Inc, dba Safe & Civil Schools; Upward to Excellence, LLC; Viviana Hall – Luz Roth; YOUTH Advocacy Team; Catapult Learning West, LLC; GEMS The Education Partners; Lakeshore Equipment Company, DBA Lakeshore Learning Materials; Let’s Go Learn, Inc.; National Inventors Hall of Fame; Rice University School Mathematics Project; YOUTH Advocacy Team; Cintas Corporation; Strategic Cost Control, Inc. dba Corporate Cost Control; Pollock Paper Distributors; Ricoh USA, Inc; 22nd Century Technologies, Inc.; Ask IT Consulting, Inc; AspireHR, Inc.; Capitalize Data Analytics LLC; Ciber Global; ComTec Information Systems; iSphere Innovation Partners LLC.; Midtown Personal, Inc; Mindlance Inc.; Phoenix Business, Inc.; Precision Task Group Inc.; Ritek Solutions Inc; SoftHQ, Inc.; The Spearhead Group, Inc.; Trigyn Technologies, Inc.; vTech Solution Inc; JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA; Ace Mart Restaurant Supply; Edward Don & Company; Gordon Food Service, Inc; Jake’s Finer Foods, Inc; Par-Pak, Inc dba WNA Houston; Pasco Brokerage, Inc; Tele-Pak, Inc; Ace Mart Restaurant Supply; Advanced Blending, Inc. dba Last Group Enterprises; Bioplanet Corp.; Calico Packaging LLC; Daxwell; Edward Don & Company; Gordon Food Service, Inc; GTE Holdings, LLC; Interboro Packaging Corporation; Jake’s Finer Foods, Inc; MyECOPlanet, LLC; Par-Pak, Inc dba WNA Houston; Pasco Brokerage, Inc; Plascon Packaging, Inc; Platinum Packaging Group; 1Studentnest, Inc; 4.0 GPA LLC; Admore Behavior Therapy; Alliance Financial Ministries; From the Heart International Educational Services; Growing Minds Consulting, LLC; Houston Elite Risk Management; Mafasa’s Pride Rites of Passage; revision; Robert Jackson Consulting; The KNEW Solutions; The National Literacy Professional Development Consortium; Youth Advocacy TEAM; Netova, Inc.; Newbart Products; Paxton Patterson LLC; Rosetta Stone Ltd.; Ace Sports; Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co; Barcelona Sporting Goods; BSN Sports, LLC; Colorado Time Systems; Fitness in Motion; Its Greek to Me Inc. DBA: Champion Teamwear; Lisco Sports, LLP; Pasadena Sporting Goods; Pioneer Manufacturing Company; Promaxima MFG.; Riddell; S&S Worldwide; School Specialty; Sports Imports Inc.; Team Marathon Fitness Inc.; The Prophet Corporation, DBA: Gopher Sport; US Games, A Division of BSN Sports; Wenger Corporation; Wildcat MFG. T; Urban Harvet, Inc.; Interstate Trailers, Inc.; Selco Seating and Courts, LLC; Southern Bleacher Co.; Specialty Supply and Installation, LLC; Intervene, LLC.
All donations greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
List of donors: Mark Twain PTO; Ray Cammack Shows, Inc.; Great Girls Global (3G); Mission Transformation Corp.; Kinder High School for Performing Visual Arts (HSPVA) Friends; Net Generation: united States Tennis Association (USTA); Praxair via HISD Foundation; Aramco Services, via HISD Foundation; Branch Banking and Trust Company, via HISD Foundation; National Council of Jewish Women, via HISD Foundation; Smart Financial Credit Union; Lone Star Flight Museum; Arts Connect via HISD Foundation; Save the Children, Inc., via HISD Foundation.
All grant funds greater than $5,000 must be approved by the HISD Board of Education.
List of grantors: Diary MAX, Inc., in partnership with the Houston Texans; Project Lead the Way, Inc., (PLTW) in partnership with Chevron Houston; The Kennedy Center; Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF) in partnership with the Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation.
This agenda items seeks to change Constraint 3, which concerns achievement gaps amongst student groups, to Goal 4 (student outcome goal) in the Board’s Educational Philosophy. Under Lone Star Governance, goals are specific targets that the board expects the Superintendent to strive for and meet, whereas constraints are limitations on the means by which the Superintendent can achieve goals. In other words, goals are what the district should do and constraints are what the district may not do. The Board is considering making this modification after internal feedback from board members that decreasing performance gaps should be a goal for the district and not a constraint.
Other agenda items to be voted on during the meeting:
- (B.1) The Audit Committee has put together a proposed Chief Audit Executive (CAE) Performance Evaluation Timeline, Evaluation Process Rubric, and Evaluation Instrument for the Board’s approval.
- (D.2) The Board must approve the proposed 2019-2020 local calendar for the Teacher Appraisal and Development System.
- (D.3) The Board must approve the proposed 2019-2020 local calendar for the Central Office and Campus-Based Non-Teacher Appraisal System.
- (D.4) The Board must approve the proposed 2019-2020 local calendar for the School Leader Appraisal System.
- (H.1) The Board must authorize the superintendent to approve amending and increasing the construction contingency allowance for the reconstruction of the athletic track at Cowart Stadium.
- (I.4) The Board must approve the resolution and ordinance adopting residence homestead exemptions for people residing in HISD for tax year 2019.
- (I.5) The Board must approve funding for SAP Budgeting and Planning project.
- (K.1) Revisions to Board Policy on Academic Achievement: Class Ranking – First Reading. HISD proposes updates to class ranking requirements and to the timing that student GPAs and rankings are generated.
- (K.2) Revisions to Board Policy on Testing Programs – First Reading. Some of the proposed revisions relate to the language regarding opting out of state testing, the use of electronic devices, and the teacher test assignment.